Dr AvinashTank, is a super-specialist (MCh) Laparoscopic Gastro-intestinal Surgeon,


Frequently Asked Questions

What diet changes are recommended after gallbladder removal?

There are no strict dietary restrictions, but some people find fatty foods less tolerable.

What are the risks of gallbladder surgery?

As with any surgery, there are risks like infection or bleeding, but these are uncommon.

Can I live without a gallbladder?

Yes, you can live a normal life without a gallbladder. Your body adapts bile release.

What is recovery like after gallbladder surgery?

Recovery is usually quick (a few days) with laparoscopic surgery.

How long does gallbladder surgery take?

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is usually an outpatient procedure taking 30-60 minutes.

What imaging tests diagnose gallstones?

Ultrasound is the most common test to detect gallstones.

What happens if I don’t treat gallstones?

Untreated gallstones can cause complications like infection or pancreatitis.

Are there any medications to dissolve gallstones?

Dissolving medications exist but are uncommonly used due to limitations and side effects.

What is the surgery for gallstones called?

Cholecystectomy is the surgery to remove the gallbladder. It’s typically laparoscopic (minimally invasive).

Do I need to have my gallstones removed?

Not all gallstones cause problems. Removal is usually recommended if you experience pain (gallbladder attacks).

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